Built this for a friend. We decided he needed a gaming PC. He wanted to be able to play any current or near future game on Steam. He also plans to use his new PC for business. Using an M.2 2880 for the O/S drive provides the system with unbelievably fast data delivery. We were both very impressed with the processing power and speed of this system.
I have to say this was probably the easiest and most satisfying build I have done. No major problems. I highly recommend the Corsair 400C computer case. The airflow in this thing is super! No Optical drive mount or HDD cage to get in the way of airflow. Plenty of cutouts and rubber grommets on the MoBo panel. Space behind the MoBo panel is tight, but with good cable management, it isn't a problem. The top air filter attaches to the case with magnets and the acrylic door snaps shut using magnets. Would like to have the front fascia secured with magnets instead of tabs also, but that is minor. The power supply and 3.5 hard drive cage is covered by a thick plastic shroud which is completely removable. The center standoff has a little post sticking up out of it. Threw me for a bit of a loop at first, but you use it to secure the motherboard in place without having to fumble around with a screw first. Very nice!
The only real gripe I had was with the MSI motherboard. MSI X370 Pro Carbon. Let me just say I am satisfied with it on the whole. I gave it four out of five eggs on Newegg. There is no BIOS reset button on the motherboard. Just CMOS jumper pins. It really feels like a step back. Perhaps more importantly, there is no jumper included with the motherboard. I doubt it will ever be an issue as I don't think my friend or I will ever overclock, but it would have been better to have a reset button, or at the very least an included jumper. Some positives are, the BIOS is very easy to navigate. I updated the BIOS as soon as Windows was installed. The flash BIOS tool, M-Flash, was very easy to use. The motherboard is visually arresting and RGB fully customizable. Love that the PCIex16 slots are shielded as well as the DIMM slots. Plenty of four-pin fan headers. Would have been nice to have more than one JLED header though. RGB scheme can be controlled with an Android smartphone app. Very cool!
Corsair Vengeance RAM - Looks very cool - it's RAM - Lol
The Western Digital M.2 drive makes the whole system very zippy. This was my very first experience with M.2, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. Seems to be much faster than my home PC running SSDs in RAID.
The Noctua case fan moves a lot of air and is suprisingly quiet even at full 2000 RPM speed.
The Corsair RM series PSU is my favorite PSU. The fan only activates when the system is under load. Fully modular. Japanese caps of course. Naturally quiet.
The EVGA GTX 1060 performs as expected. My friend is able to play modern graphically intense games at high settings and maintain a solid 60 FPS.
Lastly, the Ryzen 7 1700 CPU. Haven't had a chance to benchmark yet, but data transfer in conjunction with the M.2 SSD was very zippy. The included Wraith CPU cooler works well and is striking in appearance with its glowing ring!
Addendum: If you're wondering about the location, my boss was kind enough to let me build my friends new PC at my work. Off the clock of course!
Very fast! In my opinion, the best M.2 value on the market currently.
Excellent airflow! - Quiet, even with fans on high - Lots of cutouts and rubber grommets - Tooless - Thick plastic shroud separates the PSU and HDD cage from the motherboard - Top air filter and acrylic side panel secured with magnets - Quality design in and out - Good guided airflow through the front fascia - Room for plenty of fans - potentially you could place four fans in the front with plenty of room for a radiator. There is room for two fans on the top, I did find that space directly above the CPU / CPU cooler is very tight. That's really the only minus I can think of. Probably not as much of a concern if you go with a liquid cooler attached to the top. Overall design is minimalist.